WAYFINDING AND ACCESSIBILITY DESIGN
LOCATION: Ball State University
Ball State University is a large campus with a diverse student population and many different dorms. A large student body virtually guarantees there will be individuals with disabilities and may not have every feature of campus be accessible.
Noyer Complex exists at a central area of campus, making it one of the more desirable dorms to live at. When students and visitors go through the building, it is important to make sure navigation is as easy as possible for everyone, including those who have impaired vision.
With every design choice taken into careful consideration, a fully comprehensive indoor wayfinding system was created for Noyer. This system includes appropriate labels for all sections of Noyer, tactile symbols and patterns, and a first-time user guide to show the meaning behind all the symbols and patterns.
The patterns may be created and installed with plastic acrylic. This reflective material may be added to a variety of different surfaces and increase the ways a visually impaired person may "sense" them through touch and light sensitivity. All of these patterns and material choice are taken into consideration with the ultimate goal of enabling a visually impaired person to navigate Noyer Complex without assistance.